Branding and Marketing

November 20 @ 6 – 8 p.m. — Define Your Audience and Branding Yourself – $45
November 21 @ 6 – 8 p.m. — Social Platforms and Networking – $45
November 22 @ 6 – 8 p.m. — Marketing Materials and Events – $45
Attend all 3 sessions for $120

All attendees receive these bonuses:
30 minute one-on-one accountability call with Jenn Smith or Patti Jefferson
$5 discount on 365 Bright Ideas to Market Your Indie Books workbook
$5 discount on your nexe MyPubLab workshop


Telebration 2019

An afternoon of lively storytelling for the whole family. A magical day when tellers around the world celebrate the stories in all of us. Presented by the Tamiami Tale Tellers.
FREE Admission.

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road
Fort Myers, Florida


NaNoWriMo 2019 is right around the corner. This wildly popular phenomenon, National Novel Writing Month, starts November 1, and you’re urged to write an entire novel by the end of the month.

Wouldn’t it be great to actually finish a 50,000-word novel in 30 days? Since 1999, that very idea has inspired millions of writers from all over the world to embark on this journey. In 2015 alone, more than 430,000 finished their manuscripts.

NaNoWriMo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides tools, structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds — on and off the page.

NaNoWriMo believes in the transformational power of creativity. Writing a novel alone can be difficult, even for seasoned writers. NaNoWriMo helps you track your progress, set milestones, connect with other writers in a vast community, and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel. Oh, and best of all, it’s free!

What is NaNoWriMo?

Sign up here.

2019 FAPA President’s Book Awards Deadline Has Been Extended to April 15!


Each year, the FAPA President’s Book Awards program recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for North American authors and publishers. Librarians, book industry professionals, and educators from Florida and other states will judge content, theme, layout, and cover design elements.

For the 2019 awards, submissions opened on November 1, 2018. Submissions will close on April 15, 2019. This year FAPA will award gold, silver, and bronze medals in twenty-five categories. Books published between May 2018 and April 2019 that meet the 2019 Submissions Guidelines are eligible for a 2019 award. An eligible title may be submitted in multiple categories.   The fee for each title/category submission is $95.00.

Enter Today

TIME: 9 AM – 2 PM
1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island, FL

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW to members and non-members

Authorfest is back, bigger and better than ever! After five years we have gotten it right with the right place, the right time and the right publicity.

New York Times Best Selling Author Lisa Black is the Keynote Speaker for the afternoon. She will have her own table and be selling her books during the day. We have a Kid’s Corner, with crafts and storytelling, and local authors reading their own books. How can it get better than this? Selected Young Writers from our writing project will read their own works & receive their rewards.

We have several sponsorships by the business community and are actively seeking more.  There will be professional printing of signs, flyers, and brochures; publicity announcements in 3 local newspapers; Chamber of Commerce eBlast to its members, and announcements on the radio.

This is the signature event of the year for MIW Inc.

Don’t miss it!

Authorfest Registration Sheet       Authorfest Sponsorship Form

SWFL Writer’s Conference

Reports from people attending the conference

This report is for those of you who were unable to attend the Southwest Florida writer’s conference.
First let me say as moderator of this Communication Portal it was great to actually see, meet, and put faces to all those people who communicate through my portal and who I only know by their email address. It was one of the benefits of meeting the 200+ local writers from all over this area who were at the conference.
Unfortunately I didn’t get much chance to sit down and talk with the New York publishers who were in attendance, but I was told by everyone that had, that it was a great experience. Having volunteered to help at the conference, I spent the entire day operating the bookstore where we sold books that were written by those attending the conference. This was a great experience as I got to meet each writer as they brought their books to the table and several times during the day as they returned to see how their books were selling.
As people came out from the different sessions and came by the book store, they would stop and tell me what a great session had just been and how they learned so much.
If I was a writer, particularly ones struggling to get published, then I would certainly be in planning to be at next year’s conference because of the experience we all had at this year’s conference. It is probably the best investment you can make both in money and time.
See you all next year if not before.
Paul Holmes
Charlotte Harbor Writers Communication Portal – moderator.

From Sharmin McKenny: Here is a picture of some of the GCWA members who attended the SWFL Writers Conference in Port Charlotte, FL this Saturday.  See my Facebook post for the many others that were not pictured here.
FB  FairbanksHistory author/speaker.

GCWA attendees

GCWA members who attended the conference:

Sharmin McKenny, Jamilla Brooks, Trish Wentling, Janice Hall Heck,  Roberta Trail, Lori Goshert, Andrew Conlyn, Beatrice Zazzaro, Irene Smith, Laura Nonemaker, Faith Gansheimer, Geri McArdle, Jeanette Barnes, DL Havlin, Jeanelle Cooley, Angelina Assanti, Gianni Petitti

Possibilities! The Hudson comes to the Peace




Title: “Possibilities!  The Hudson comes to the Peace” (“River” that is)
Primary Area Served: From Sarasota/Bradenton to Naples/Marco Island and inland (Everyone is welcome)
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019  —  7:00 AM until  8:00 PM
Theme: Writing’s possibilities!
Areas included: Books (fiction & non-fiction), Magazines, Newspapers, TV/radio, & Electronic media.
Location: Charlotte County Cultural Center, Port Charlotte
Program: One jam-packed day of writing possibilities featuring 70 individual classes, discussion panels, and a special keynote speaker.
One to One Sessions: A special opportunity! – Have your writing reviewed or pitch your work to a publishing professional … including 16 agents and editors from NYC. Submit your sample/pitch in advance and spend 20 minutes with someone who may aid you in your writing career.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the registration fee.

Spare yourself the expense of a major trip. Attend a high quality event that brings quality presenters and publishing professionals to Southwest Florida. The conference is centrally located … a two hour drive for anyone in the primary service area. Reasonable hotel accommodations are available with blocks of rooms reserved. Conference registration is limited!

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The Elephant III Storytelling Performance Showcase
3rd Annual, All New Stories

Ten tellers perform tales of laughter, emotion, and excitement. From personal stories to tall tales, folk tales to fractured stories, and more…
Sponsored by Storytellers of the Round Table.
FeaturingDistinguished Toastmasters:
Joel Ying, Mary Lou Williams, Tashahara Jallad, Rhonda Brazina
with …
Marilyn Graham, Lisa Leonhardt, Tony Marr, Phyllis May, Pam Minton, Leonor Reales

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7pm—9pm
Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919
Tickets $20 (Alliance members $15)
Box Office: (239) 939-2787


Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at the Southwest Florida Military Museum
Charley Valera, author of My Father’s War and GCWA member will present a free workshop about developing a compelling pitch to promote your book. He will help you formulate a One Sheet that presents your book, you, and your anticipated audience in an interesting concise format.

Charley has attended several classes and an extensive week-long conference in NYC on promoting yourself, your business, and your book to all levels and types of media including many of the largest syndicated networks and papers. He has used this knowledge in pitching his book to literary agents, TV producers, newspapers, freelance magazines, national radio, and various other media.

The workshop will be held at the Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library at 4820 Leonard St., Cape Coral, FL 33904.  The museum will be hosting a pancake breakfast that day from 8:00 am-11:00 am. The cost will be $8.00 per person. You are welcome to attend the breakfast prior to the workshop.